As a hip-hop fan going back to the early 80s, it seems to me that at times the genre and its fans can frequently be incredibly fickle, and as the genre goes through its inevitable growing pains, it’s an issue that many of the genre’s originators and legends have forcefully brought to the forefront. After all, how can a genre and cultural movement evolve without acknowledging its past? How much acknowledgment is necessary? And what happens to our heroes as they get older, in a genre that constantly focuses on the young? All of these are inescapable questions that critics and fans will be asking and thinking about as we all get older ourselves.
Of course, tons of ink has been spilled on the work of both the Nas and the members of De La Soul, as they both have released some of hip-hop’s most beloved songs and records – and both acts have managed to remain relevant and necessary; in fact, both acts have continued to receive attention, as the long shelved official video for Nas’ collaboration with The Beastie Boys was leaked to hip-hop fans delight; and De La Soul released an incendiary Ferguson-inspired single with the equally legendary Chuck D. Adding to the their incredible resumes, Posdnous, Dave, Maseo and Nas team up together on “God It,” a single, which presumably will appear on De La Soul’s crowdfunded, forthcoming album, and it’s not just relevant but absolutely necessary as each of the legendary emcees bring up the idea that hip-hop is changing, and in ways that they don’t care for or understand. They appreciate the accolades, success and accomplishments but something is wrongs – legends and originators are confused or forgotten while up-and-comers are treated as gods.
At the end of the day, the song features emcees spitting fire over a dope beat – but in this case, each artist is saying “we won’t go quietly into the good night.” and that they will destroy any and all wack comers.